Obviously some church leaders view the western model of training disciples and leaders superior to how Jesus and the early church trained disciples; otherwise, there would be a strong desire to return to the model Christ and the apostles left for us. Where did today’s training methods originate? Are they biblical, and are they better?
When you look at the expansion of the early church and the life of the early disciples and apostles, especially the impact they had on their world, you must conclude we are doing something wrong by our training today. Something is missing in the methods we are using. Those early disciples, full of the Holy Spirit, left all and gave all for their Savior and turned their world upside down for Christ. To understand the leadership deficiency in the church today let’s look at the following chart:
Here are two questions you should wrestle with before we get into our study of the Early Church leaders, their character qualities and how God used them.
- Why does the growth of leadership not keep pace with church growth?
- How can we eliminate or reduce this shortfall of leaders in the church today?